3 November 2022
In a wood-panelled room in one of the oldest colleges at the University of Cambridge a professor with a growing reputation for stirring up academic hornets’ nests is launching an experiment.
Arif Ahmed, a professor of philosophy, is so concerned that students are more interested in cancelling each other (and visiting speakers) than engaging in civil debate, he is running training sessions on free speech.
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Free Speech Champions
Another summer, another Living Freedom. This time the BOI’s annual summer school took place at Conway Hall in central London with more than sixty students from all over the world, keen and brimming with gusto to dissect the politics and culture of the day. And that’s just what we did.
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Inaya Folarin Iman
4 July 2022
Today, when the words “students” and “free speech” are placed close to one another in a sentence, it is generally in the context of the now all-too-common occurrence of the former campaigning against the latter.
Just last month, a survey by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) revealed that current students were more likely to favour safety over free speech.
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